November 8th, 2013
By Donna Summerall
Friends of the Library president Lucille Armstrong started Thursdayâ€™s Luncheon with Books with an introduction of Tanna Taylor, director of the Tombigbee Regional Library System after the retirement of Mary Helen Waggoner. She then proceeded to introduce the author of note.
â€śOur novelist today is here from Tupelo,â€ť said Armstrong. â€śShe is originally from Monroe County and a lot of us already know her. We are so happy to welcome Caroline Pugh back home to West Point.â€ť
CANTON â€” The Oak Hill Lady Raider basketball team dropped its two preseason basketball games against Veritas School and Simpson Academy Thursday and Saturday, respectively, at the Canton Academy Preseason Tournament.
Oak Hill only returns one starter from the 2012-13 season in senior point guard Maegan Ellis â€“ a key cog in the Lady Raiders 30-win season and Class-AA fourth-place finish.
The Lady Raiders committed 45 combined turnovers in both losses, which Oak Hill Head Coach Stan Hughey cited as a problem that is fixable in the coming months.
The West Point High School basketball teams opened their respective seasons with a pair of 30-minute jamborees Saturday at the West Point High School gym.
The West Point Green Wave were on top of their game Saturday as they defeated Kosciusko and Tupelo by a combined score of 57-36. The Wave defeated Koscuisko in the morning game, 33-21.
Demarius Calvert scored nine points and West Point defeated Tupelo, 24-15, in the Waveâ€™s second jamboree Saturday.
By Donna Summerall
NAACP and Southern Atlantic Schools debaters James Smith, Parrys Underwood, Lang Darby, Julius Neely, Alexander Brooks, Jaleah Smith, Maney Darby and Denise Marion are fine tuning their oration skills and learning about Constitutional Amendments. The eight team members took turns arguing their interpretations of the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. The team meets weekly at the Living Manna Church, after receiving their instructions on which amendment the focus is on for the practice session.
BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Make no mistake, those arenâ€™t time travelers â€”Â those are competitors in the costume contest during the 2013 harvest banquet hosted by the Northside Christian Church (NCC).
The Annual Harvest Banquet not only rings in tune with the season, but emphasizes the biblical concept of sewing and reaping. A â€ścelebration of the provision of God,â€ť said NCC Pastor Orlando Richmond Sr.
BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Clay County District 4 residents moseyed into the respective voting precincts to cast their vote for the future Clay County District 4 Election Commissioner.
Originally held by Wendy Fuller, the District 4 seat was left vacant May 9 after her certification to hold an elected office expired. At present, Sawana Walker, candidate on the election ballot along with candidate Gene Grubbs, is currently holding said seat in the interim.
Una resident Sawana Walker has secured her position as Clay County District 4 election commissioner, following Tuesday's special election. Walker took 189 votes to opponent Gene Grubbs' 41.
She has been serving as interim commissioner since May, appointed by the Clay County Board of Supervisors in the wake of former commissioner Wendy Fuller's vacancy.
See further details in Thursday's edition of Daily Times Leader.
CENTREVILLE â€” The Centreville Tigers (10-1; 4-0 District 6-AA) used an early first quarter lead to outlast Oak Hill in the second-half, 59-34, for a MAIS Class-AA first-round playoff win on the campus of Centreville Academy.
Oak Hill entered halftime trailing Centreville, 30-6. The Tigers jumped out to a 23-0 first quarter lead and would score again in the second-quarter to extend their lead over Oak Hill before halftime.
COLUMBUS â€” Senior Aeris Williams and junior Quincy Starks combined for eight touchdowns and 374 rushing yards, and West Point (6-4; 4-2 District 1-5A) ran away from Golden Triangle rival New Hope (4-6; 2-4 District 1-5A), 76-50, in a MHSAA District 1-5A game on the campus of New Hope High School.
The Green Wave clinched a berth into the playoffs with the victory and can enter the MHSAA Class-5A postseason as either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed out of District 1-5A.
By Will Nations
BY WILL NATIONS
CALHOUN CITY â€” Hebron Christian (7-3; 4-0 District 7-A) clinched its first eight-man district title and postseason berth with a thrilling win against rival Calhoun Academy, 20-14, in a MAIS District 7-A contest Friday at Billy D. Cook Field on the campus of Calhoun Academy.
In the last minute of the game, Channing Tapley took a shotgun snap and weaved through three Calhoun defenders en route to a 31-yard carry and a third-and-27 conversion to seal the 20-14 Hebron victory â€“ the Eagles fifth consecutive win.